Visual Artists Attend National Art Educators Convention

Through a generous grant given by the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF), the visual art department was able to attend the 2015 National Art Educators Convention in New Orleans, LA. The topic of this year’s convention was “The Art of Design: Form, Function, and the Future of Visual Arts Education”. Courtney Longaker and Rachel Levy attended the convention’s numerous guest speakers, lectures and hands-on workshops, and took away many new and innovative ideas highlighting the intrinsic connection between art and design.
Integration of design thinking in the art room engages the student in problem solving and collaboration. It encourages the student to observe, develop and envision, express and explore, persist, revise and reflect.

IMG_1630_cropWhen the teacher creates lessons that develop these skills the art student can gain confidence and will be less afraid of failing. The design process enables students to embrace opportunities to learn from mistakes and accidents. These skills also help the student to focus, commit and follow through with an idea.

In the fall, Levy and Longaker will teach, “Developing 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills and Problem Solving Strategies Through Visual Art”, extending and connecting their knowledge of design thinking to other faculty and subject areas. – Submitted by Courtney Longaker

The Next Chapter

deweyThe Carlisle Education Foundation is pleased to announce our new initiative, The Next Chapter: Library to Learning Commons. With your help, we will raise funds to renew the Carlisle Public School Library and create a hub for innovation, collaboration and creativity!

Our goal is to design a kid-friendly, welcoming center that is flexible enough to meet the different needs of those who use the space. Current shelving dates back to the 1960s and carpeting back to 1987, so it’s time to bring our library into the 21st Century. Plans include a space remodel with new paint and carpeting, mobile shelving units, age-appropriate adjustable furniture, and mobile technology including laptops and tablets to create a flexible and fluid collaborative environment for all to enjoy.

Through the generosity of our donors from the auction and annual appeal, CEF is pleased to announce that will will make an initial donation of $40,000 to launch the campaign. Please help match it with your gift today so that we can reach our project goal of $125,000 by Summer 2016.

Click on our donate tab to make your pledge. Just Dewey it!